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Online course: Restorative Circles

Online course: Restorative Circles

Conflict is a natural part of life, like eating and sleeping. We have designated places for eating and sleeping. Why don’t have a dedicated places for conflict?

Restorative Circles is a community dialogue process developed by Dominic Barter and associates in the slums of Brazil. More on Restorative Circles.

Learning objectives

  • Be able to describe the difference between restorative and punitive approaches.
  • Discover different ways of being with, or even moving towards conflict.
  • Gain an overview of the Restorative Circles process.
  • Practise the skills you need to ‘host’ a pre-circle, main circle and post-circle.
  • Learn what agreements you need in place, in order to respond effectively to conflict, when it arises.

Trainers: Shantigarbha and Gesine Schrader. More about us.

When and where

Six Thursday evenings, 7.30 – 9.30pm, UK time, starting 23 May 2019.

This is an online course. We will invite you to six online calls, using a platform called Zoom — instructions to follow. Zoom allows us to break out into ‘rooms’ for smaller group and couples work.

Who is this course for?

People who want a practical, experiential introduction to Restorative Circles as a community dialogue process, including learning ‘hosting’ skills. The calls will be interactive, and we won’t be recording them, to create a safe space for you to share specific situations.


We love making this work available for people of different financial resources, so we’re offering a sliding scale of: £100 – £250.

  • If you are under the UK tax threshold/receiving benefits: £100.
  • If you are earning up to the UK national average income: £175.
  • If you are above the UK national average income: £250.
  • Other: please contact us.

About the trainers

Shantigarbha has been a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer since 2004 and has led reconciliation events in Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He trained in Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter and Sabine Geiger. He is a member of the Triratna pilot Restorative Project coordinating group. He says, “Restorative Circles has given me deeper understanding of how conflict emerges within community, and the role of community in restoring trust, connection and safety.”

Gesine Schrader has been sharing NVC since 2008 and was certified in 2016. She has worked alongside Shantigarbha for the past four years and is trained in Restorative Circles with Shantigarbha and Sabine Geiger. She is also a Montessori-trained teacher. She says, “Peace isn’t the absence of conflict, it’s the ability to address conflict non-violently. Restorative Circles is a way to restore safety and connection.”

More about the trainers.

Further information

For more information on Restorative Circles, see our Restorative Circles page, or you could contact us directly.

Registration and paying your deposit

Please use the online booking form below.